Carbonnades a la Flamande…Le Creuset Doufeu Cooking

Carbonnades a la Flamande.


That’s a little fancy sounding for Doughmesstic, isn’t it?

Don’t worry, it’s not.  It’s beef, braised in beer.  There are also onions, some new potatoes, and carrots,too, rounding out a pot roast unlike any other.

I made mine in Le Creuset’s GORGEOUS Doufeu.

Have you seen this incredible creature?  It’s stunning (well, it IS Le Creuset, after all), and the idea behind it couldn’t be more ingenious.  While your standard French Oven is oval, with an oval lid, the doufeu differs in that the lid isn’t domed.  Instead, there is an indention – a bowl of sorts – in the enameled cast iron lid.  Fill it with ice, and as the stew simmers, the ice melts, causing condensation that self-bastes your dinner.


I know, right??

This means less liquid is needed in your sauce in order to cook, resulting in more flavor versus more water.  It also means juicy, succulent meat.  Perfectly done vegetables, no mushy potatoes, no overcooked carrots.

I may never cook in anything else.


Carbonnades a la Flamande…Le Creuset Doufeu Cooking

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Yield: 6-8 servings

Carbonnades a la Flamande…Le Creuset Doufeu Cooking


  • 2 pounds sirloin, cut into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 sweet onions, chopped
  • 12 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 12 ounces beer (I used lager)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons Worchestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 4 large carrots, cut into pieces
  • 10-12 new potatoes, halved if large


  1. Heat oil in doufeu over medium heat. Brown meat a few pieces at a time. Do not crowd the meat or it will not brown properly. Remove from heat as browned and repeat until all has been browned.
  2. Saute the onions and mushrooms in the same doufeu, until onions are translucent. Add beer to deglaze the pot, scraping brown bits from bottom of the doufeu.
  3. Return meat to pot and add seasonings, Worchestershire, cream, and butter. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 2 hours or more. In the lid of the doufeu, add cubed ice.
  4. After 2 hours (or enough time to tenderize meat), Remove melted ice water from doufeu. Taste and season as needed. Add vegetables and simmer for 25 more minutes, until tender. Serve and enjoy!

The Giveaway

I’m sure you know I wouldn’t introduce you to something so stunning without offering to GIVE YOU ONE, right?

Of course I wouldn’t.


imageSo Happy Valentine’s Day, just a little early.

If you want to win a Doufeu from Le Creuset, valued at $490, tell me this.  What color would you want?  Me, I have Ocean. It’s far and away my favorite Le Creuset color.  Just scoot over to the LC webpage and choose – there are 4 colors.  None are wrong.  Now, leave me a comment, and you are entered to win.

You want multiple chances to win though, right?

Share this post on Facebook, for one chance to win.  Just be sure to come back here and comment, letting me know you did.

For another chance, Tweet the link to this post.  Again, return, and let me know you did – I’m not psychic!

For a third and fourth chance, please Fan Le Creuset on Facebook and/or Follow them on Twitter.  Each one counts, so that’s two additional chances, just be sure to comment for each one you do.

So there are FOUR MORE chances!

I highly recommend Following doughmesstic on Twitter and becoming a Fan on Facebook as well, as I have this tendency to throw bonus entries out via those two…so it can’t hurt!

Contest is open to addresses in the US only, and closes at 11:59pm on February 10, 2012.  Prize is supplied and shipped by Le Creuset. I was supplied one to review, but was NOT paid for this post, and all opinions are my own.


  1. I am following Le Creuset on twitter.

  2. I am a fan of Le Creuset on fb.

  3. I posted on FB.

  4. I liked le creuset on FB.

  5. Melanie Stallings says:

    Liked Le Creuset on FB

  6. The Ocean colored one is my fave!

  7. Megan Gaddis says:

    I want it in Cobalt… badly… but the red would brighten things up… Pick me and I promise I’ll choose :-)

  8. Megan Gaddis says:

    I liked LC on Facebook :-)

  9. Melissa P says:

    I’d have to go with the red. I have 2 of their pots, both in red, and I love love LOVE them!

  10. Melissa P says:

    I’m now an official LC fan on FB!

  11. The cherry one is awesome!

  12. Would love to have it in FLAME!

  13. I retweeted about the giveaway from @MooshuJenne

  14. I am a fan of Le Creuset on Facebook

  15. I follow Le Creuset on Twitter

  16. I shared this post on Facebook and you can see it here.

  17. Loree Shine says:

    Just posted to FB..
    Now on to Twitter

  18. Loree Shine says:

    Following Le Creuset on Twitter

  19. Loree Shine says:

    following you on Twitter now too!

  20. Loree Shine says:

    I would really love the colbalt..but I would take anything Le Creuset

  21. I like Cherry, I shared on FB, and I liked Le Creuset!

  22. I follow Le Creuset on Twitter

  23. Allison W says:

    Since green is my favorite color I’m in love with the Ocean color!

  24. Allison W says:

    I’m now a fan of Le Creuset on Facebook

  25. Shared on twitter (buckeyecub)

  26. I would choose cobalt.

  27. Micaela P. says:

    I want the Flame Doufeu because that’s the one my great-aunt had :)

  28. Micaela P. says:

    I’m a fan of Le Creuset on Facebook

  29. Im a FB fan of Le Creuset

  30. I shared on FB too

  31. I would choose cobalt

  32. Love the ocean color too!

  33. I love the cherry. Soo dreamy.

  34. Ann Smith says:

    I am a LE Creuset Facebook fan!

  35. Red!! I would love it to match the kitchen

  36. I tweeted!

  37. ooOoOo, I want this in Ocean!!

  38. I follow LC on Twitter.

  39. I posted on FB.

  40. I tweeted :)

  41. I follow LC on Facebook.

  42. I have my eye on the ocean… what a fabulous color!

  43. I want the cobalt one!

  44. I liked your page on Facebook.

  45. The dark red would go great with my two cherry Dutch ovens!

  46. I liked Le Creuset on Facebook.

  47. I follow LC on fb.

  48. I tweeted the link to this post.

  49. I follow LCD on twitter.

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